AceShowbiz - Marvel Studios has confirmed that "The Eternals" will feature its first openly gay superhero and now the said character has been revealed. In a new interview with Logo, Haaz Sleiman says that he plays one half of the gay couple and that his character is "married to the gay superhero Phastos."
Phastos is portrayed by "Atlanta" star Brian Tyree Henry. Sleiman says their characters "represent a gay family and have a child." Not shying away from the gay representation, the upcoming movie will also feature Marvel's first gay kiss.
"It's a beautiful, very moving kiss," Sleiman, who starred on miniseries "Killing Jesus", teases about the kissing scene, which he claims brought everyone to tears during the filming. "Everyone cried on set," he shares, before adding, "For me it's very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be."
Praising his co-star, Sleiman says, "Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part." He goes on dishing on the significance of their characters, "At one point I saw a child in his [Henry's] eyes, and I think it's important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community we're all children at one point. We forget that because we're always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part."
Prior to "The Eternals", "Avengers: Endgame" featured co-director Joe Russo as the MCU's first openly gay character. Fans, however, criticized the studio because the character was nameless and had a small part in the movie, while the Russo brothers had touted representation in the MCU.
"The Eternals" is also starring Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Don Lee a.k.a. Ma Dong Seok as Gilgamesh, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman. Chloe Zhao serves as director. The movie is heading into theaters across the nation on November 6.